27 May 2010

Budget allocation criticised

2:12 pm on 27 May 2010

Porirua deputy mayor Litea Ah Hoi has criticised a decision by Pacific Affairs Minister Georgina Te Heuheu to allocate over $US3 million in last week's Budget to a private company.

She and another Pacific councillor will write to the minister to complain about lack of consultation and transparency regarding the decision.

Mrs Te Heuheu said on Tuesday there was no tender process involved because the company, Pacific Economic Development Agency, had mounted a persuasive case.

Ms ah Hoi says the decision shows a lack of consultation with Pacific communities, bias towards Auckland and a lack of transparency.